A New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tool for the Treatment of Lower Back PainAuthor(s): Gabriel Pollock*
The purpose of this study was to show that patients with low back pain who were not responding to traditional therapy could benefit from physiotherapy when using the diagnostic and therapeutic medical information system Computer Kinesiology. The main purposes of computer kinesiology are to diagnose and treat functional abnormalities of the locomotors system. In this pilot trial, there were 55 participants with acute and chronic back pain (Group 1) and 51 participants without back pain (Group 2). The third group consisted of 67 healthy volunteers who showed no signs of musculoskeletal disorders or back pain. The diagnostic component of the Computer Kinesiology approach assessed each of the 173 participants three times. Groups 1 and 2 received treatment following each diagnosis. The H score was used to assess the effect. The H score has to be decreased by at least one point in order to be considered improved after therapy. In 87.3% (95% CI: 75.5-94.7) of Group 1 participants and in 78.4% (95% CI: 64.7-88.7) of Group 2 participants did the H score decline by at least one point. The distribution of H Score grades in Group 3 remained unchanged. The improvement was unaffected by the length of the therapy and was unrelated to gender, age, or BMI. This study showed that using the Computer Kinesiology system for primary and secondary prevention of back pain had a high therapeutic efficacy in patients with back pain (Group 1) and in people without back pain (Group 2).